Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has made its Comic-Con International debut, with a display featuring some of the props and costumes used in the much-anticipated film. Directed by Rian Johnson, the upcoming installment of the famed space opera saga will mark the return of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) into the thick of things after his long isolation. It will also be the late Carrie Fisher's last outing as General Leia Organa, following her untimely death late last year.
Ahead of its appearance in San Diego, behind-the-scenes Last Jedi footage debuted over the weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. The event was attended by a majority of the film's principal cast, including Hamill, Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey), John Boyega (who plays Finn) and Gwendoline Christie (who plays Captain Phasma). Newcomers such as Kelly Marie Tran (who plays Rose), Laura Dern (who plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo) and Benicio del Toro (who plays DJ) were also present. Now, Lucasfilm is following-up on the promotional activities with a display at San Diego Comic-Con.
The exhibit features a slew of interesting material from the film (see below), offering fans a closer look at the costume and props from The Last Jedi. Situated at the Star Wars pavilion at booth #2913 on the SDCC convention showroom floor, the display also provides a look at C'ai Threnalli - a character of Abednedo descent, who is an equipped fighter pilot and helps Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) during the D'Qar Resistance Base evacuation.
Beyond that, some familiar faces from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens also take center stage in the display - including Sullustan pilot Nien Nub and the new adorable droid, BB-8. Poe's very own flight suit is also showcased.
Despite the display, there will be no The Last Jedi panel in this year's annual gathering, similar to what happened with last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That said, several other Star Wars-themed activities are lined up throughout the four-day event for fans who still want to get their dose of the "galaxy far far away." Some fun things to partake in include a panel that aims to tackle how bad parenting basically spelled doom in the galaxy with Star Wars’ Dysfunctional Skywalker Family this Saturday. A special panel highlighting the contribution of Fisher to the famed space opera is also penciled in on Sunday, titled Princess Leia Star Wars Fan Club Tribute Presentation.
Given the lack of panel for Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi at this year's Comic-Con, a second trailer for the film could still take a while to arrive. That said, there has been no scarcity in terms of reveals from the film. The May issue of Vanity Fair (which is a celebratory issue for Star Wars turning 40) spilled a lot of information nuggets and first look on new planets, as well as civilizations like Canto Bight.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019